Very similar to the 2016 I opened 6-8 months ago, yet more open for business. Some of these wines have a reputation for “large and in charge”, but this was supremely balanced, toeing the line between Sonoma and white burgundy with richness. Whereas Aubert’s chards can be more powerful (and is normally my favorite), I’m always pleasantly surprised at how these show.
Aromatically it revealed sugar frosted stone fruits, guava, white peach, caramel dipped golden delicious apples and baking spices. It has a beautifully textured palate that starts as though it’s going to be dense, but finishes with a gorgeous lifted profile and plenty of acidity. Added notes on the palate of powdered lemon bar, floral honeysuckle, whipped lemon cream and even some honey roasted cashews. I’d pop this 2017 before the 2016 with how open it is, but it will cruise another 7-10yrs, easily. — 4 days ago
Wonderful Chablis and was able to grab it at a great price! — 3 days ago
Pale pink; medium plus intensity aromas of a gorgeous mineral perfume, rose petals, rose hips, strawberry, black currant, violets; dry, high acid, high alcohol, medium plus body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, incredibly complex and concentrated, was not expecting such an interesting wine — 3 days ago
Belle Pente (bell-pont') means "beautiful slope" - for their 70 acre hillside vineyard & winery site in Willamette Valley. Ruby with aromas of red berry fruits, herb spices and hints of floral notes. On the palate strawberry and cherry flavors, sweet undertones, herb notes and smooth tannins. Well balanced on a long finish ending with mineral herb notes. Major flaw, THEY NOW LEAVE CORK EXPOSED!! Pass on this one! — 18 days ago
Gold and slightly cloudy. Funky, yeasty, and sulphur on the nose, like sticking your nose in a barrel of lambic. There is also something savory going on. Light-bodied and tart. Apricots, grapefruit, and stone, with a short, mildly bitter finish. Fermentation in fiberglass and amphorae give this a relatively clean (i.e. no oak) profile. The tannins will catch up with you later. — 22 days ago
A blend of 58% Merlot, 39% Cab Sauv & 3% Petit Verdot, deep Ruby with aromas of fresh red fruit with woodsy spice. On the palate flavors of red plum and cherry with some cacao and licorice notes. This wine shows oak and mineral tones with fine tight tannins and good balance. Long finish with fruit and spice ending. Needs a few years of bottle age. Reasonably price, good value. — 7 days ago